Posts tagged "france"

Drinking And Driving In France? Better Have Your Breathalyzers!

Breathalyzers aren’t just for the po-po any more: In France, a new law requires every driver to carry two breathalyzers in their car. The intent to decrease the amount of drunk driving accidents by having drivers test themselves with breathalyzers before they decide to drive home inebriated.
By: Daley Quinn / July 2, 2012

France Launches A Massive Ad Campaign Targeting Owners Of Counterfeit Luxury Goods

The production of counterfeit luxury goods is a criminal offense, and designers have always been vocal in their condemnation of the practice. Last week, Prada chief executive officer (and Miuccia's husband) Patrizio Bertelli stoked controversy when he shared his opinion on the matter, saying, "Fake goods aren't totally bad; at least it created jobs at…
By: Rachel Krause / May 31, 2012

“Think Like A Man” Allegedly Banned In France Because It’s Not “Diverse” Enough

"Think Like A Man," the new Tyler Perry romantic comedy [Update: based on a book by Steve Harvey] about black women and men, has allegedly been banned in France because officials say the film is not diverse enough. According to blogger Fabienne Flessel at the blog Global Voices: Surprising as it may be, the answer…
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 21, 2012

What Does François Hollande’s Election Mean For French First Lady Fashion?

It grieves me to see Nicolas Sarkozy leave French office, and why? Because I am positively enraptured by his wife (okay, fine, I'm also really worried about what this means for anti-Semitism in France). Her life (and Wikipedia page) reads like a dramatic novel: a nine-year-old heiress to a tire fortune moves to Paris to…
By: Rachel Krause / May 9, 2012

Life Is Meaningless For Henri, The Existential French Cat

L'enfer c'est les autres. Hell is other people. And other cats. No one knows this more than Henri, the existential French cat. He's black and white, of course. And no one, no one, knows his torment. [The FW]…
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 14, 2012

Sweets For The Sweet (In Paris!)

Who wouldn't jump at the chance to move to Paris for work? Amy Thomas was a copywriter in New York City when one day her boss offered her a dream gig writing copy for Louis Vuitton — in the City of Lights. Sold! But unlike other ladies who've flown across the pond, Amy wasn't looking…
By: Jessica Wakeman / February 23, 2012

The French Can Even Sexualize Friggin’ Weight Watchers Ads

First of all, we need to discuss: the French have Weight Watchers? Whatever happened to French Women Don't Get Fat? Zut alors! Excuse me while I call Le Boyfriend toute suite to inform him of this stunning factoid, as his most beloved leisure time activity is to sneer at Americans licking Cheeto dust from betwee…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 18, 2012

Au Revoir, “Mademoiselle”: French Town Ditches “Sexist Title”

A French town has decided it is sexist to refer to women by their marital status and will no longer be using the word "mademoiselle" — which means unmarried woman — on official documents. Cesson-Sevigne in Brittany stopped using "mademoiselle" on January 1 and  will henceforth refer to all women as "madame," which is the term…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 9, 2012

Watch Cute French Boys Sing Beyoncé!

If there's one thing we love more than Beyoncé, it's cute French boys. And our favorite gay blog Queerty is all over this awesome clip of two hotties named Bertrand and Mattieu, lip-synching and dancing their French asses off to "Crazy In Love." It's kind of the best thing ever — and proof that Bey i…
By: Jessica Wakeman / December 27, 2011

France Considers Prostitution Ban

Dominique Strauss-Kahn is crying into his champagne: politicians are considering a ban on prostitution in France. The law would make it illegal to pay for sex, punishing johns with six month prison sentences and $4,000 fines. Currently a john will only be punished if the prostitute is underage or…
By: Jessica Wakeman / December 7, 2011

Irish Accents Surpass French Accents As The World’s Sexiest, Supposedly

Zut alors! French, the language of l'amour, is "the world's sexiest accent" no more. According to a poll of 5,000 women worldwide, cited in the UK's Daily Mail newspaper, ladies most desire to be whispered sweet nothings in an Irish lilt, followed by Italian declarations of amore. Scottish was named the fourth sexiest accent, followed…
By: Jessica Wakeman / December 6, 2011

Holiday Gift Guide: 10 Gifts For The Francophile Girl

Confession: I'm a little bit obsessed with blogs written by American girls living in Paris. Their style, their food, their apartments, their men ... ooh la la!  My favorite is Making Magique, but I also like Badaude, the group blog HipParis and Dead Fleurette (who lives i…
By: Jessica Wakeman / December 2, 2011

DSK’s Wife Considering Divorce After Rape Accusations, Prostitution Scandal

Finally! At long last, Dominique Strauss Kahn's wife has finally gotten a clue (or an STD). Anne Sinclair stood by the former International Monetary Fund chief when he was accused in May of sexually assaulting a hotel maid and reached into her deep pockets to pay his lawyer fees. (All criminal charge…
By: Jessica Wakeman / November 18, 2011

Domestic Inspiration: French Kitchen

Growing up, my mother always decorated our home in a Provençal fashion, so I have an inborn love of the elegant style. I'm also infatuated with the idea of a French kitchen, though my culinary skills are limited to microwavable rice in a packet. In my opinion, there is no culture more inspiring than the French.
By: Rachel Krause / November 9, 2011

Evening Quickies: Carla Bruni Gives Birth To Baby Girl

Zut alors! French First Lady Carla Bruni gave birth today in Paris to her first child, a girl, with the president, Nicolas Sarkozy. [People] Paris Jackson, Michael's 13-year-old daughter, is being courted to represent the Lingerie Football League under the premise it "breaks down barriers for women in football." No, no, no. That organizatio…
By: Rachel Krause / October 19, 2011

Dominique Strauss-Kahn Linked To French Prostitution Ring

Whether or not you believe Dominique Strauss-Kahn sexually assaulted a hotel maid in New York City this spring (and I, personally, believe that he did), we can all agree the former head of the International Monetary Fund is a sleazy dude. Not long after he was accused by Nafissatou Diallo, a Guinean immigrant, of forcing…
By: Jessica Wakeman / October 17, 2011

Today’s Lady News: Sexual Assault Case Vs. DSK In France Dropped

France dropped a sexual assault inquiry against Dominique Strauss-Kahn, former head of the International Monetary Fund, over lack of evidence and statute of limitations. Tristane Banon, a writer, claimed Strauss-Kahn tried to rape her back in 2003, when she came to interview him at a Paris apartment building. In a statement, police said, "What came…
By: Jessica Wakeman / October 13, 2011

Today’s Lady News: French Women Say Au Revoir To “Mademoiselle”

Parlez-vous feminism? French feminists are storming the Bastille (not really) over use of the honorific "mademoiselle," which means "miss," because they say it is demeaning to define women by their marital status. I wholeheartedly agree and appreciate the 1970s' feminists who popularized use of the term "Ms." as a general honorific for women. French feminist…
By: Jessica Wakeman / September 28, 2011

App Helps French Mothers Figure Out If Sons Are “Le Gay”

Apparently even French mothers have trouble answering the question "gay or European?" A new smartphone app offers French mothers a questionnaire to help figure out if their sons like sticking their French bread in a warm, buttery croissant ... or not. The $2.69 app asks 20 questions which inquire whether their bébé mimic…
By: Jessica Wakeman / September 26, 2011

Lingerie For Little Girls? Yep, A French Company Went There

Forget about candy-colored bra and panty sets from Target; there's ickier underwear for little girls afoot. It's lingerie, to be exact, although the French line Jours Aprés Lunes calls it "loungerie," because it is for lounging around instead of, uh, looking sexy prior to f**king . Why, praytell, would girls ages four through 12…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 17, 2011
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